Nintendo has announced the NES Classic Edition will return to retail stores on June 28, 2018. The NES Classic Edition, which comes with 30 classic games, will be available for the first time since April 2017 for $59.99, The mini console will come with Super Mario Bros, The Legend of Zelda, Final Fantasy, Castlevania and many more. The NES Classic exceeded every expectation from Nintendo during its first manufacturing run. Undoubtedly, the second run will do the same.
The first run of the NES Classic occured from November 2016 until April 2017, and not without controversy. Nintendo was accused of purposely not manufacturing enough consoles for the public. This lead to scalping of the console for as much as $500. Fans thought this would happen during the SNES Classic. While the SNES Classic was scalped for a few weeks, Nintendo continuously shipped the console to retailers allowing fans to buy at the retail price. When the NES Classic is re-released, fans should expect something similar.
Overall, many Nintendo fans should be excited for this. Many people refused to pay more than retail price for the NES Classic. While it’s a great little console, it was never worth the $200 it was usually selling for. As a video game collector, anyone could get a regular console and all those games for about $150. Is it in HD? No, but no one should pay extra to play these games in HD. Well, maybe Mega Man 2… No wait, not even Mega Man 2!
So if you go out on June 28th to pick up the NES Classic Edition, and it’s sold out… Don’t stress. Retail stores should be receiving new shipments every two weeks like the SNES Classic. Do not, DO NOT, pay more than $59.99.
And if you haven’t already, go out and get the SNES Classic. Earthbound and Final Fantasy III makes that console worth it all by itself.